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TSADDI. 137 Thou art the righteous Judge, in whom

wrong'd innocence may trust; And, like thyself, thy judgments, Lord,

in all respects are just. 138 Most just and true those statutes were,

which thou didst first decree; And all with faithfulness perform’d,

succeeding times shall see. 139 With zeal my flesh consumes away,

my soul with anguish frets, To see my foes contemn at once

thy promises and threats. 140 Yet each neglected word of thine,

howe'er by them despis'd, Is pure, and for eternal truth

by me thy servant, priz'd. 141 Brought, for thy sake, to low estate,

contempt from all I find; Yet no affronts or wrongs can drive

thy precepts from my mind. 142 Thy righteousness shall then endure,

when time itself is past; Thy law is truth itself, that truth

which shall for ever last. 143 Though trouble, anguish, doubts, and dread,

to compass me unite; Beset with danger, still I make

thy precepts my delight. 144 Eternal and unerring rules

thy testimonies give: Teach me the wisdom that will make my soul for ever live.

ΚΟΡΗ. 145 With my whole heart to God I callid,

Lord, hear my earnest cry; And I thy statutes to perform

will all my care apply.
146 Again more fervently I pray'd,

O save me, that I may
Thy testimonies throughly know,

and steadfastly obey.
147 My earlier prayer the dawning day

prevented, while I cry'd To him, on whose engaging word

my hope alone rely'd. 148 With zeal have I awak'd before

the midnight watch was set, That I of thy mysterious word

might perfect knowledge get.

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149 Lord, hear my supplicating voice,

and wonted favour show: O quicken me, and so approve

thy judgment ever true. 150 My persecuting foes advance,

and hourly nearer draw; What treatment can I hope from them

I that violate thy law.? 151 Though they draw nigh, my comfort is,

thou, Lord, art yet more near; Thou, whose commands are righteous all,

thy promises sincere. 152 Concerning thy divine decrees,

my soul has known of old, That they were true, and shall their truth to endless ages hold.

RESCH. 153 Consider my affliction, Lord,

and me from bondage draw; Think on thy servant in distress,

who ne'er forgets thy law. 154 Plead thou my cause; to that and me

thy timely aid afford; With beams of mercy quicken me,

according to thy word. 155 From harden'd sinners thou remov'st

salvation far away; 'Tis just thou shouldst withdraw from them

who from thy statutes stray. 156 Since great thy tender mercies are

to all who thee adore ; According to thy judgments, Lord,

my fainting hopes restore. 157 A numerous host of spiteful foes

against my life combine; But all too few to force my soul

thy statutes to decline. 158 Those bold transgressors I beheld,

and was with grief oppress'd, To see with what audacious pride

thy covenant they transgress'd. 159 Yet while they slight, consider, Lord,

how I thy precepts love; Otherefore quicken me with beams

of mercy from above. 160 As from the birth of time thy truth

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has held through ages past, So shall thy righteous judgments firm

to endless ages last.


SCHIN. -161 Though mighty tyrants, without cause,

conspire my blood to shed,
Thy sacred word has power alone

to fill my heart with dread.
162 And yet that word my joyful breast

with heavenly rapture warms; Nor conquest, nor the spoils of war,

have such transporting charms. 163 Perfidious practices and lies

I utterly detest;
But to thy laws affection bear,

too vast to be exprest. 164 Seven times a day, with grateful voice,

thy praises I resound,
Because I find thy judgments all

with truth and justice crown'd.
165 Secure substantial peace have they

who truly love thy law;
No smiling mischief them can tempt,

nor frowning danger awe.
166 For thy salvation I have hop'd,

and though so long delay'd,
With cheerful zeal and strictest care

all thy commands obey'd.
167 Thy testimonies I have kept,

and constantly obey'd; Because the love I bore to them

thy service easy made.
168 From strict observance of thy laws

I never yet withdrew;
Convinc'd that my most secret ways
are open to thy view.

169 To my request and earnest cry,

attend, O gracious Lord;
Inspire my heart with heavenly skill,

according to thy word.
170 Let my repeated prayer at last

before thy throne appear;
According to thy plighted word,

relief draw near.
171 Then shall my grateful lips return

the tribute of their praise, When thou thy counsels hast reveald,

and taught me thy just ways. 172 My tongue the praises of thy word

shall thankfully resound, Because thy promises are all

with truth and justice crown'd.

173 Let thy Almighty arm appear,

and bring me timely aid;
For I the laws thou hast ordain'd

my heart's free choice have made.
174 My soul has waited long to see

thy saving grace restor'd ;
Nor comfort knew, but what thy laws,

thy heavenly laws afford.
175 Prolong my life that I may sing

my great Restorer's praise;
Whose justice, from the depths of woe

my fainting soul shall raise. 176 Like some lost sheep I've stray'd, till I

despair my way to find ;
Thou, therefore, Lord, thy servant seek,
who keeps thy laws in mind.

IN deep distress Loft have cry'd

to rescue me oppress'd with wrongs;
2 Once more, O Lord, deliv'rance send,
From lying lips my soul defend,

and from the rage of sland'ring tongues.
3 What little profit can accrue,
And yet what heavy wrath is due,

O thou perfidious tongue, to thee!
4 Thy sting upon thyself shall turn;
or lasting flames, that fiercely burn,

the constant fuel thou shalt be.
15 But, O! how wretched is my doom,
Who am a sojourner become

in barren Mesech's desert soil !
With Kedar's wicked tents enclos'd,
To lawless savages expos'd,

who live on nought but theft and spoil. 6 My hapless dwelling is with those Who peace

and amity oppose, and pleasure take in other's harms: 7 Sweet peace is all I court and seek; But when to them of peace I speak, they straight cry out, To arms, to arms.


10 Sion's bill I lift my eyes,

from thence expecting aid; 2 From Sion's hill, and Sion's God,

who heaven and earth has made.
3 Then thou, my soul, in safety rest,

thy Guardian will not sleep:
4 His watchful care, that Israel guards,

will Israel's monarch keep.

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5 Shelter'd beneath th’ Almighty's wings

thou shalt securely rest, 6 Where neither sun por moon shall theě

by day or night molest. 7 From common accidents of life

his care shall guard thee still; 8 From the blind strokes of chance, and foes

that lie in wait to kill. 9 At home, abroad, in peace, in war,

thy God shall thee defend;
Conduct thee through life's pilgrimage
safe to thy journey's end.

'TWAS a joyful sound to hear

our tribes devoutly say,
Up, Israel, to the temple haste,

and keep your festal day! 2 At Salem's courts we must appear,

with our assembled powers, 3 In strong and beauteous order rang'd,

like her united towers. 4 'Tis thither, by divine command,

the tribes of God repair, Before his ark to celebrate

his name with praise and prayer. 5 Tribunals stand erected there,

where equity takes place: There stand the courts and palaces

of royal David's race. 6 O, pray we then for Salem's peace,

for they shall prosp'rous be, Thou holy city of our God,

who bear true love to thee. 7 May peace within thy sacred walls

a constant guest be found; With plenty and prosperity

thy palaces be crown'd. 8 For my dear brethren's sake, and friends

no less than brethren dear, I'll pray---May peace in Salern's towers

a constant guest appear. 9 But most of all I'll seek thy good,

and ever wish thee well,
For Sion and the temple's sake,
where God vouchsafes to dwell.

N thee, who dwell'st above the skies,

For mercy wait my longing eyes;
As servants wait their masters hands,
And maids their mistresses commands.

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